Rather amazingly, the 2020-21 NFL season makes it the way that is full with every single game being played during a COVID pandemic. Truly an feat that is astonishing the league as well as its medical workers. Super Bowl 55 wraps things up Sunday whilst the Kansas City Chiefs are 3-point favorites in the NFL chances up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who’re the team that is first ever play in a brilliant Bowl in their own personal arena.
Chiefs vs Bucs | 2021 Super Bowl 55 Expert Analysis
The 2 clear storylines: Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City turn to duplicate, while Tom Brady searches for their 7th Super Bowl name in their 10(* that is*)th( appearance – but first perhaps not using the brand new England Patriots.
It appears both teams will be pretty healthy. Kansas City won’t have starting tackles that are offensive*)Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher, but which was understood times ago. The Chiefs had a COVID scare this week with a team barber testing good that led to receiver Demarcus Robinson and center that is backup Kilgore landing on the COVID list, but both have tested positive every day since and should be good to go. Neither are vital to the Chiefs but could be should other players get injured.Receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Le’Veon Bell were both limited at practice but both figure to play thursday. Bell is just about the tailback that is third-string this point, while Watkins is no better than the No. 2 wideout and probably No. 3.
Antonio Brown (knee) was upgraded to full for Thursday’s practice, so he will be good to go after missing the past two games. Brown could be something of an X-factor as Chris Godwin deals with the Chiefs’ good slot coverage. Brown was limited to two grabs for 12 yards the time that is first two groups came across in Week 12.Cameron Brate (straight back) had been restricted during Thursday’s training. Brate, who may have functioned as Tampa’s pass-catching that is primary end during the playoffs even over
Rob Gronkowski, also should play. The Kansas City defense allowed the eighth most receptions to ends that are tight the 2020 period.Not just did the Bucs winnings their very first playoff game because the 2002 period, they won three road that is straight games to earn the right to fight for a title in their own stadium. While Brady has a 6-3 straight up record in Super Bowls, he’s 4-5 against the spread. He has covered in four of his six victories, while all three losses came as a that is favorite
The key for the Chiefs is to stress Brady. Whenever Brady has received a clean pocket and containsn’t been forced this year, he’s statistically a quarterback that is top-10. However, under pressure, Brady’s TD-INT ratio ranks 23rd in the league, his yards per attempt are 24th, and his passer rating is 26th among 35 qualified quarterbacks.
The team entering with the worse record (Bucs) has covered 13 of the past 14 Super Bowls, which excludes games with identical records in 2017, 2014, 2013. Since 2003, only the 2016 Falcons have failed to cover with a worse pregame record than their opponent. The entering with the worse record has won 10 of the past 12 Super Bowls. Only the 2016 Falcons and 2008 Cardinals lost with a worse pregame record than their opponent
The favorite has won each of the past two Super Bowls by double-digits. Last year, Mahomes and the Chiefs won by 11 over San Francisco as a favorite that is 1.5-point. The growing season before, Brady as well as the Patriots won by 10 as a favorite that is 2.5-point the Rams.
The total of 56 is one of the highest in Super Bowl history. The closing total that is highest in a Super Bowl is 57 involving the Patriots and Falcons in 2016. That game went on the total, however it had been 28-28 during the final end of regulation. The under is 8-3-1 with a closing total of 50 or higher.
No in Super Bowl history matter what are the results Sunday, the Chiefs is preferred to win Super Bowl 56 in l . a . in the Sunday that is first of 2022.
- Expert Prediction
Chiefs 30, Bucs 27 (purchase K.C. right down to -2.5)
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